Dubai has often been ranked as one of the top 5 most visited places in the world that is famous for the high-rising architectural wonders and excellent collection of resorts and spas. It is a mix of some of the most luxurious hotels, coupled with shopping and food that will enchant you, beach, deserts, and undoubtedly some of the most amazing architecture that will overdose your senses. Every piece of this city is indeed Instagram worthy.
The beauty of Dubai absolutely knows no bounds. It has countlessly proved year in, year out to the world that there is truth in Sheikh Mohammed’s statement: “In Dubai, we don’t wait for things to happen. We make them happen.” With an excellent network of roads and highways connecting neighboring Arab countries, and regular cruises to and from Dubai, the emirate is easily accessible by air, land, and sea.
Here are 7 places to add on your list in 2019, based on our recent trip to Dubai:
This artificial three-kilometre canal is home to one of the best skylines in Dubai, which is famous for its beautiful skyscrapers. Built in 2013, Marina is an affluent residential neighbourhood with a stretch of luxury shops and Al fresco eating spots. You can hop onto a Yellow Boat for a 60-minute ride, take in the spectacular modern skyline, vibrant residential development and catch a glimpse of some exclusive yachts in dock.
Burj Al Arab
A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a picture with the Burj Al Arab in the background. This third tallest hotel in the world architecture mimics the sail of a ship and sits on its own man-made island in Dubai’s harbor. It prides itself as a beacon of modern Dubai, characterized by the finest hospitality you can ever experience. The hotels’ helipad has seen several stunts performed on it including the 2005 tennis match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. During their stay, guests at the Burj Al Arab have a 24-carat gold iPad and a Roll Royce at their disposal.
Atlantis The Palm Dubai
From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury. This is a majestic resort on Palm island with magnificent scale and uniqueness. It redefines the concept of a destination resort with Underwater suites, up-close encounters with marine animals, the rides of Aquaventure Waterpark, the mystery of the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the variety of award-winning bars and restaurants, all create special moments that become lifetime memories. The design repeats the famed double Royal Towers of the Bahamas property (as seen in photo below.)
The Dubai Frame is the embodiment of the old and new. Standing at 150 metres, the Frame is a golden sky glass bridge that allows you to see the transformation of Dubai from the old to the new. Experience a panoramic view of the city unlike any other. Its location in Zabeel, is an Instagrammer paradise as it offers numerous creative photo opportunities.
The world’s largest picture frame is a unique architectural attraction on the Dubai skyline. It is positioned in such a way that representative landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can also view older parts of the city.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Located in the Dubai Mall, this 10 million litre and 50 metre aquarium is home to 140 marine species. The aquarium features a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel that allows you to get to come face to face with sharks and stingrays in their natural habitat. If your adventure bug bites, take the Shark Dive and swim with the world’s largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks.
Souks of Deira
This is the place to discover the city’s shopping heritage. Take your bargaining skills and step into the souls of Deira. In these maze-like markets, you will find everything from 24 karat gold bridal jewelry, Arabian textile, Argan oil and paintings of the Dubai creek. In addition, do not worry, all that glitters in Deira is real gold and you get a certificate of warranty.
At the Spice Souk, you will find a wide range of spices, herbs, incense and traditional medicinal products. With top chefs, home cooks and savvy expats all swearing by their personal picks among the Spice Souk’s colourful sacks of spices, herbs, rice and fruit, the market hall is a must-visit for those wanting to explore Dubai’s exotic side. You are sure to discover a new flavour – and yes, you can sample before you buy.
Just because you’re visiting in summertime doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this quintessential Dubai experience. You cannot go to Dubai and not go for a Safari desert adventure. Less than 20 minutes driving from the modernist streets of Downtown Dubai, you can experience the marvels of the Arabian Desert, the original tourist attraction of Dubai.
It’s a must do activity if you want to memorize something for lifelong. This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several phot stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive then continues across the desert.
This is indeed a city that never stops innovating and its only a 5 hour flight away from Nairobi. Fly Emirates to experience their world-class service, award-winning in flight entertainment and gourmet cuisine from Nairobi (NBO) to Dubai (DXB) daily (13 weekly flights between Nairobi and Dubai).